Our Iceberg Is Melting by John Kotter

Liz Masen
CEO of Athlete Assessments

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Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions

Click here to buy Our Iceberg Is Melting by John Kotter now.

Why we recommend it: ‘Our Iceberg is Melting’ has become a foundational book for many leadership and change management programs around the world. The book is based on John Kotter’s ‘8 Step Change Process’ and deals with team and organizational change, as opposed to personal change. The book takes approximately 45 minutes to read and outlines how to deliver change in the most effective way. Also explored are the different ways people react to change and the various roles people play when change is being planned and is occurring. The use of characters helps us to clearly identify our roles and the role of other’s in the planning and implementation stages of the change process.

Book Overview: Based on the award-winning work of Harvard Business School’s John Kotter, ‘Our Iceberg Is Melting’ is a simple story about doing well under the stress and uncertainty of rapid change.

For many years, a colony of emperor penguins have lived on an iceberg near the coast of Antarctica. Until, one day, a curious penguin discovers a potentially devastating problem threatening their home.

Fred, Alice, Louis, Buddy, the Professor, and NoNo are characters in this story. They are like people you probably recognize in your own organization, including yourself. A tale of resistance to change and heroic action, seemingly intractable obstacles and clever tactics for dealing with those obstacles. Adapting to new circumstances, the penguins offer an inspiring model as we all struggle.

Based on John Kotter’s pioneering research, ‘Our Iceberg Is Melting’ investigates Kotter’s eight steps that can produce needed change. After finishing the story, you’ll have a powerful framework for influencing your own team, no matter how big or small.

Click here to buy Our Iceberg Is Melting by John Kotter now.

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Bo Hanson’s career within the sport and the business sector spans over 25 years, delivering leadership, management, and coach development. In addition to his own athletic career comprising of four Olympic appearances and including three Olympic medals, Bo has worked for many years with coaches and athletes from over 40 different sports across the globe. Bo was also the winner of the Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD) 2023 Award for L&D Professional of the Year, for his dedication to L&D and transformational work across various industries.

After a successful career in sport including four Olympics and three Olympic Medals, Bo co-founded and developed Athlete Assessments in 2007. Bo now focuses on working with clients to achieve their own success on and off ‘the field’, and has attained an unmatched track-record in doing exactly this.

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